That's because the reason for the trips is a factor in the determination of whether continuous residency is met. Continuous residence has aspects of intent, not just geographic location. If your US employer sent you overseas, they figure you went probably because you simply wanted to keep your job, whereas if you traveled without such a reason it probably means you personally wanted to be overseas that long. (Note that I wrote "probably" ... in any given case the actual intentions may be different.) They also want US employers to be more free to send their noncitizen employees overseas when needed.
Originally Posted by gopher97
Last edited by Jackolantern; 24th January 2008 at 10:44 AM.
EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
USC: July 2013
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